Whether you’ve been married for weeks or years, going through a divorce is a tough process. To make matters worse, there are serious legal implications of getting a divorce that are hard to realize during this emotional time. Zirkin and Schmerling Law understands what you’re going through, and is here to help you through all the stages of divorce.
Maryland Divorce Law is complicated, even for an experienced Baltimore County family law divorce attorney. Under Maryland Law, an individual filing for divorce must have one of the listed ‘grounds’ for divorce. The most common ground is the ‘one year separation’ where a couple must live separate and apart, without interruption, and without cohabitation for one straight year. Until recently, if one of the two individuals did not consent to the divorce, a couple would have to wait for a two-year period of time as the separation was not voluntary and mutual. The Maryland General Assembly recently eliminated the two-year waiting period and it is now a uniform one-year period for the ground of separation.
Most divorce disputes deal with the same two things: property and children. Property and monetary issues come into question when decidingalimony, child support, and the division of the marital estate. Before you agree to a property settlement with your spouse, you should consult with an experienced Baltimore County family law divorce attorney. You may be entitled to more than you think
When there are children involved, one of the biggest challengesduring a divorce is division of parental time with the children. Unfortunately, children are often collateral damage of their parent’s arguing. Zirkin and Schmerling Law tries to help both parties reach an agreement quickly, so the children are least affected as possible. Our philosophy is that children should never be used as pawns in a divorce.
There are two different types of custody you can be awarded in a divorce: physical and legal custody. You can be awarded either joint or sole custody of each. Physical custody addresses the daily decisions associated with having a child. Legal custody deals with long-term decisions. Visitation rights are another aspect of child custody that can be awarded by the courts.
When awarding custody rights, the courts look to what is in the best interests of the children. This can be a complicated assessment, and it is important that you have an attorney representing you throughout the custody hearings. Child custody can also be negotiated outside of court if both parents can come to an agreement.
When hiring an attorney it is important that the attorney cares about both you and your children. Zirkin and Schmerling Law works to make sure you are treated fairly throughout the divorce and will help you receive what you deserve. We also try to keep a divorce moving along as efficientlyas possible. An amicable divorce is better for everyone involved, and lets both parties move on with their lives. A lengthy divorce is not only expensive and time consuming, but it is also hard on the kids. Our office works hard to insure your legal rights without wasting your time and money.
If you are going through a divorce or are considering getting a divorce, Contact Zirkin and Schmerling Law. Our experienced Baltimore County family law divorce attorneys are here to help you get throughout this trying time and on to the next chapter of your life. In the meantime, you may also like to know more about How to Get a Divorce in Maryland.